Life comes at us with a certain fierce velocity these days.
Due dates, deadlines, status updates, pressure – the pace is frenetic and the intensity is off the charts.
And that’s for parents of pre-schoolers.
Your life is pretty daggone intense and fast, too.
Even your favorite executive coach feels the pressures of workload, but fortunately I have plenty of tactics and skills to bring to bear when the speed gets to be a little too…overwhelming.
First thing I do?
Take a break.
I know, I know – “bear down, get through it, push, shoulder to the wheel” – but, really, no. Taking a small stop when things are hectic is a sure way to prevent errors.
Like, let’s say you’re using a crane to lift a piano out of a third floor apartment, so you pause right at the window to make sure you’re at the precisely correct angle. Just a pause before you go forward. Before you scrape the entire left side or, heaven forbid, totally shatter the instrument.
You take a minute and you check.
So that’s why I haven’t written in the last couple of weeks. I’ve been taking a wee pause to make sure:
- I want to keep writing
- I know what it is I want to say
- I understand how it is I want to write
And, it occurs to me that I could use your perspective.
You see, since 2005, when I started a monthly newsletter (and a special shout out to the 52 of you who read that first issue – I have a list, I know who you are, and I really appreciate your continued steadfastness), I have written with an eye toward what you, the reader, would like to hear. To find a topic, I’ve often thought, “Two of my readers are having coffee today… What are they talking about?”
I think of you.
What you need, and what you want, matters to me. So I’d appreciate it if you would take 90 seconds to answer five simple questions for me: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z6M7PKH
That way, I can put your feedback into the mix of what I’ve been thinking and come out with even more clarity around what I do.
And it will make our time together than much more rewarding, and fun.